Tropicals forum: Lucky Bamboo

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Name: Taylor
Ohio, zone 5
I love Araceae
Aug 28, 2010 7:07 PM CST
Dracaena sanderiana most commonly known as 'Lucky Bamboo'

It is not related to bamboo at all, bamboo is a grass.

In the wild this species has adapted to seasonal floods, this is why they can grow in nothing but water easily. (but still eventually decline)

They will be more lucky if grown in soil (you may even see a flower)

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D.sansevieria (variegated)

I only have a variegated one and 5 of the more common pure greens. (all of the green ones are growing in my Vivarium)

My mom is the queen of this plant, she has alot of them! It is the only thing she can keep alive. Rolling my eyes.

Mar 16, 2012 1:09 PM CST
I just received a Dracaena sanderiana lucky banboo plant from a friend. It is in a terracotta pot I think with general potting soil like a maybe miracle grow something.

I also have a green rubber plant. It was getting extremely tall so I topped it. Now the cutting at the top is brown where a new leaf was supposed to appear and it has dropped 2 or 3 leaves. It had been in soil for about 2 to 5 weeks, I've lost track of the time. Any suggestions/reasons for this to happen to the cutting?

I found a piece of dracaens jenny Craig in the prash about the 3rd week of November. It had been struggling and the leaves have been regularly turning brown from the bottom up toward the top. It's starting to run out of green on the top, so I'm getting nervous about how and what to do to help this plant survive.
It was in water for a little over a month because I had no idea what it was. Then I put it in potting soil_miracle grow with some pearlite to keep the soil from getting too compacted. What soil situation is best?

I had to top it because just below the green the stem looked like it was drying out and I figured this was why the green was going brown. It's still going brown but more slowly.
I planted the top and a 3 to 4 inch length from the origional plant into another pot with the same soil mixture.

What did I do right/wrong? Should I do anything now? I don't want to do more harm but I also don't want to lose this plant and hope all of this plants parts will survive.

Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you.

Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
Charter ATP Member
Mar 16, 2012 1:29 PM CST
If Lucky Bamboo really brings luck, we will all be rich, healthy, wise and happy forever, there is so much of it in all the stores!!

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Mar 16, 2012 6:57 PM CST
Rubber Plant, Ficus elastica, will often drop leaves on a cutting but then will grow new ones. They're quite tough plants, but they don't like cold. When I take a cutting I remove nearly all leaves just leaving the youngest. Then I let the cut dry off/heal a bit before putting it into soil.

You shouldn't have any problems striking Dracaena, they're quite easy. But they are a tropical so outside of the tropics you need to be careful. I have them in the garden with some of them in very wet ground, You wouldn't notice the difference and they flower prolifically. The fragrance the flowers put out is to die for. But if they were to be cold and wet then that would be a different story. I have some pretty poor soil at my place and that doesn't worry them. They're far more tolerant than Cordylines in that regard. Mine don't get fertiliser either and I can't see that they could grow better with any. So I'd say you need warmth, a well draining soil (so that in cold weather it's still okay) and plenty of light.

Mar 16, 2012 7:19 PM CST
Thank you. This winter it was about 61 in the house. I do better medically qwhen it is cool and also, my electric bill is requiring me to reduce the temperature.

How cold is too cold? I hope the pearlite isn't a problem, and that the miracle grow general purpose potting soil is ok. I have no doubts that this plant wants to survive and hope it manages to adapt to it's new living situation. It is starting to get warmer which should help.

The plant top, cane, and origional lower part is about 3 to 5 feet from a almost southern facing window. I think it is a east to south position.

I could repot it to get it away from the perlite but I am not certain if this would help or hurt more than leaving it as it is at the moment. What are the signs of Fluoride poisoning?

I have a 412 foot deep well and as far as I know there are no man made chemicals in the water. Hopefully there isn't anything in the well water to cause any issues.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Mar 16, 2012 8:38 PM CST
I have been growing my Dracaena sanderiana indoors for the last 5 years in water gel beads and they are thriving well. I once made the mistake of adding fertilizer, one of them totally hated it and died eventually. Luckily I have two, so had only to replace one. So now I just grow them in water gel beads, indoors no fertilizer at all, and all is well Big Grin

Mar 18, 2012 3:50 PM CST
Right now I think I will leave it as is unless it gives me a reason to make a change. I'm still closely monitoring my Dracaens JC Compactia because it is still struggling, however the piece which has been in soil for the longest amount of time has a very nice root system. I am thrilled about this and now am watching for leaf growth. Do you know how long it may take foe leaves to appear?

The other pot has the leaf top and part of the cane which have not rooted yet. I took pitty on all three and repotted them sort-of. They are now mostly in cactus mix with some all purpose miracle grow potting soil. I think the perlite, too much water, and all of the trauma was getting to all three. I'll keep watch and hope for the best. After this I have no idea about what else to do for them. At least the days are getting longer and it i sgetting warmer which should help.

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